How to Apply for
College of Global Liberal Arts (GLA)

Below is a summary of the application information. For full details please read the Application Handbook carefully. All the information you need to complete the application is written in the Handbook. 

Admissions Schedule & Number of Students Accepted

April Enrollment

2019 April AO Admissions
Enrollment Date Application Period Final Result /
Call for Interview  
Interview
(If required)

Final Screening Result

Number of Students

Accepted(AO)

2019/4/1 2018/8/31 Fri. -
2018/9/20 Thu.
2018/11/15 Thu. 2018/12/1 Sat.,
2018/12/2 Sun.
2018/12/20 Thu.  7

September Enrollment

2019 September AO Admissions
Enrollment Date Application Period Final Result /
Call for Interview  
Interview
(If required)

Final Screening Result

Number of Students

Accepted(AO)

2019/9/26 1st 2018/10/12 Fri.-
2018/11/1 Thu.
2018/12/13 Thu. 2018/12/22 Sat.,
2018/12/23 Sun.
2018/1/24 Thu. 40
2nd 2018/12/14 Fri.-
2019/1/17 Thu.
2019/3/5 Thu. 2019/3/23 Sat.,
2019/3/24 Sun.
2019/4/11 Thu.
3rd 2019/2/15 Fri.-
2019/3/7 Thu.
2019/5/2 Thu. 2019/5/18 Sat.,
2019/5/19 Sun.
2019/6/6 Thu.

Eligibility

1. Nationality [For April 2019 Enrollment ONLY]

Applicants must meet one of the following requirements for April Enrollment.*

1. Possess non-Japanese nationality.

2. Possess only Japanese nationality and have graduated or are to graduate from high schools/ senior secondary schools located abroad, by the time of enrollment.

*This requirement applies to April admission only.

*Applicants who possess only Japanese nationality who have graduated/are to graduate from Japanese high schools can take a different entrance examination for this major. Refer to the website here.

*For September admission, applicants are not required to have a non-Japanese nationality.


2. University Entrance Eligibility

Applicants must fulfill ONE of the following requirements.

  1. Applicants must have completed, before the enrollment date at Ritsumeikan University, a standard 12-year course curriculum, or an equivalent curriculum as designated by the Minister of MEXT.
  2. Applicants must have reached 18 years of age before the enrollment date at Ritsumeikan University, for those who fall into following categories:

  3. a. Possess International Baccalaureate Diploma, Abitur, Baccalaureate, or GCE-A Level
    b. Complete a 12-year curriculum at a school for international students (accredited by WASC, CIS, ACSI, MEXT etc.)
    c. Pass High School Equivalency Exam

    *For further details, please consult the Application Handbook which you can download from the top of this page.

3. English Language Proficiency

In order to demonstrate sufficient English language ability, applicants must satisfy the University's English language requirements by providing evidence that they meet one of the following requirements:

*Please note that the following is a summary of the English language admission requirements for the ANU.
Please refer to the complete policy document here.

This policy may be updated from time to time. The most up-to-date information for RU applicants is available on this page as of the first date of the relevant application period.

*Applicants who meet certain requirements based on citizenship status and prior study do not need to submit the English language proficiency test scores listed above. Please consult Application Handbook for details.

English Language Tests

Successful performance in a single acceptable English language test taken within the two-year period prior to the start date of the relevant application period will meet English language requirements. The test results will only be considered valid if the test score is available during the application period.

[Requirements for accepted English Language Tests]

TOEFL®

PBT Test

TOEFL iBT®

Test

IELTS

(Academic Module)

Cambridge CAE Advanced

PTE Academic

570
(TWE® 4.5)  
80
(W&R 20, S&L 18)  
An overall score of 6.5
(6.0 in each component)
176
(169 in all sub-skills)  
64
(55 in each of the communicative skill)  

*The university does not accept institutional tests such as TOEFL ITP®Test.

*TOEFL® is a registered trademark of Educational Testing Service (ETS).

Citizenship status

Citizens of the following countries who have undertaken secondary and/or tertiary study in English, at a recognized institution, in the national education system (or equivalent) of a Group A country listed below:

[Group A Countries]
American Samoa, Australia, Botswana, Canada (excluding Quebec), Fiji, Ghana, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), United States of America, Zambia, Zimbabwe

These countries are determined by the ANU Academic and Quality Assurance Committee.

Prior study

Applicants to undergraduate programs must have successfully completed two years of full-time (or equivalent) secondary (year 12 equivalent) or tertiary education within the last four years, in the medium of English. For the purposes of this, successful completion is considered to be a pass result in no less than 50 percent of attempted units/courses in any assessable period (for example, term or semester) in the academic year.
The study must be undertaken at a recognized institution, in the national education system (or equivalent) of a Group A country stated above.
The study undertaken must result in a sequence of study or qualification which is accepted for entry into ANU undergraduate programs.
Applicants who complete a qualification listed in the Application Handbook must achieve specified levels to meet the university’s English language requirements. Please consult the Application Handbook for details.



Application Documents

Applicants must submit the completed application forms and necessary supporting documents. Certain documents must be submitted online (via "Ritsu-Mate") while other documents must be submitted by post.

Please consult the Application Handbook which you can download from the top of this page.

1. Documents to be uploaded

  • Application Sheet
  • Registration Form
  • Application Essays
  • Documents Proving English Proficiency
  • Evidence of Application Fee Payment*
  • Photocopy of Passport

  • *Only applicable for bank transfer or convenience store payment

2. Documents to be uploaded AND posted

  • Documents proving that you meet the university entrance eligibility requirements
  • Academic Transcripts

3. Documents to be posted

  • Letter of Reference

Application Fee

The University will not accept an application unless we are able to confirm receipt of the Application Fee by the designated application deadline.

The application fee is 5,000 Yen.

Please pay the application fee by bank transfer in Japanese yen from a financial institution or via "Ritsu-Mate" by credit card, convenience store (only in Japan), PayPal, or Alipay.

How to make payment

1.Ritsu-Mate

When making a payment by credit card, convenience store(only in Japan), Paypal, or Alipay, an additional 500 yen is charged, therefore, the total transaction amount is 5,500 yen.
To make a transaction, visit the Ritsu-Mate and follow the instructions.

You must submit a photocopy of the receipt, along with other application documents, if you make a payment at a convenience store.

2. Yen-denominated wire transfer from a financial institution outside of Japan

  • Amount to Transfer: 7,500 yen (5,000 yen for the application fee and 2,500 yen for bank commission in Japan)
  • Type of Transfer: Telegraphic Transfer Remittance
  • Purpose of Transfer: Application Fee Payment
  • Contact Information: Name of Applicant
  • Bank Name: SUMITOMO MITSUI BANKING CORPORATION
  • Branch Name: Kyoto Branch
  • Account Name: Ritsumeikan University
  • Account Number: 5408448
  • Branch Address: 8 Naginatabokocho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 6008008 JAPAN
  • Branch Telephone Number: +81-75-211-4131
  • SWIFT CODE: SMBCJPJT
  • Transfer Fees: To be paid by applicant

3. Yen-denominated wire transfer from a financial institution in Japan

  • Amount to Transfer: 5,000 yen
  • Type of Transfer: Telegraphic Transfer Remittance
  • Purpose of Transfer: Application Fee Payment
  • Bank Name: 三井住友銀行 (SUMITOMO MITSUI BANKING CORPORATION)
  • Branch Name: 京都支店 (Kyoto Branch)
  • Account Type: 普通(Futsu/ Savings Account)
  • Account Number: 5408448
  • Account Name: 立命館大学(リツメイカンダイガク)
  • Sender’s name: Applicant’s name
  • Transfer Fees: To be paid by applicant

Submitting Application Documents

Certain application documents must be submitted online(via "Ritsu-Mate") while other documents must be submitted by post. Please consult the Application Handbook for further details.

  • Ritsumeikan University
  • International Admissions Office
  • 56-1 Toji-in Kitamachi, Kita-ku, Kyoto
  • 603-8577 (or 603-8346), Japan
  • Tel: +81-75-465-8162

Screening Method

The decision on an application will be made on the basis of a screening of the application documents and the applicant's performance at the interview.

Document Screening

Document screening result will have THREE outcomes.

  • Accepted to the University without any further screenings.
  • Invited for Interview
  • Not Accepted
  •  Interview (If required)

    An interview will be conducted for invited applicants.
    Details of the interview, such as the interview method, venue, date, and time, will be determined by the University and notified in an interview information sheet to the applicant along with the 1st screening result on the result notification date. Applicants cannot choose the interview method, venue, date or time.

    1. Interviews for applicants living outside Japan

      As a rule, the interview will be a web-based interview via SKYPE or the telephone.
      Applicants who are living outside Japan do not need to come to Japan for the interview.

    2. Interviews for applicants living in Japan

      As a rule, the interview will be a face-to-face interview at the Kinugasa Campus of Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto.

    Final Result

    The university will make an overall assessment based on document screening alone, or document screening and interview.

    Notification of Results


      Applicants will be notified of their results in following three methods. The University will not provide any information regarding the results by phone, fax, or e-mail.
        1. Website
        2. Application numbers of applicants who are accepted into the University or invited to the interview will be available on the University’s English website from 10:00 AM (JST) on the result notification dates for one week.
        3. Ritsu-Mate [for final result only]
        4. The result of the applicant can be confirmed from the “Examination Result” button on “Ritsu-Mate” from 10:00 AM (JST) on the result notification date for one week.
          In case you are accepted to the university only with document screening, the result is not indicated on Ritsu-Mate. You have to confirm your result on website.
        5. Postal Mail
        6. The University notifies the results to the successful applicants by registered mail to addresses in Japan, or by courier to addresses outside Japan. It may take a few days to reach applicants. Contact the International Admissions Office if you do not receive the result within 7 days. The University will not send out the results to the applicants who were not accepted into the university.

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